UPDATED April 16th, 2018

Pregnancy is a time of major changes in a woman’s physique, from the rise and fall of different hormones, to the rise and fall of a woman’s breasts. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, pregnancy alone will likely change the size, shape, and position of your breasts.

Early-Detection-is-Key-in-Surviving-Breast-Cancer-MainPhotoWhat happens to your breasts after pregnancy and lactation varies from woman to woman. For some, breast size is forever increased, while for the majority of others, post-partum breast return to their original, or smaller, size. This change in size and the resulting expansion and contraction of the skin surrounding the breast tissue can cause the whole upper chest area to sag. According to Dr. William T. Stoeckle, “The problem with sagging breasts is usually a combination of two issues: 1. loss of volume to the breast and 2. loss of elasticity of the skin that holds the breast tissue up.” How each woman’s skin holds up to pregnancy is largely determined by genetics, but here are some techniques everyone can apply to help prevent sagging and restore breast skin after pregnancy: